UK retailer Sainsbury’s has announced plans to introduce a plant-based material for its own-brand tea bags from June 2021.
The tea bags are made of Polylactic acid (PLA), a renewable plant-based material that is industrially compostable, unlike the current oil-based plastic tea bags.
PLA is made from the sugar found in cornstarch, cassava, or sugarcane.
The retailer is testing the new plant-based alternative in its own-brand tea bags.
Director of product, packaging and innovation at Sainsbury’s, Claire Hughes, said, “This extensive rollout of our new tea bags, is another example of how we are looking to implement new innovative products that will reduce the impact our business has on the environment…